The Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) is a certified union under the Ontario Ministry of Labour. NUFA is comprised of two separate bargaining units: the Full-Time Academic Staff Bargaining Unit (FASBU) and the Contract Academic Staff Bargaining Unit (CASBU). Each bargaining unit negotiates its own Collective Agreement (Contract) but they share common administrative, financial, and grievance systems.
- The Full-Time Academic Staff Bargaining Unit (FASBU) is currently bargaining for a new Collective Agreement (Contract).
- Members of CASBU, who include lab instructors, seminar instructors, per-course instructors, etc. have a current, legal and binding contract with the Employer and are thus not directly affected by the current round of negotiations.
- Bargaining is a broad term used to indicate negotiations between a union (NUFA-FASBU) and the Employer (the University) to establish the terms and conditions by which Members do their jobs. These terms and conditions of employment are compiled into a Collective Agreement approved by the Members of NUFA’s Full-Time Academic Staff Bargaining Unit (FASBU) and the Board of Governors and ultimately signed into force by representatives of NUFA-FASBU and the Board.
- For NUFA-FASBU’s part, bargaining is conducted by Members of the Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) who are appointed by and answerable to the elected representatives on the NUFA Executive.
- For the Employer’s part, bargaining is conducted by selected members of the university administration and their lawyer who act on behalf of and are answerable to the Board of Governors.
- Bargaining is conducted under rules established by the Ontario Labour Relations Act.
- The CBC of NUFA has been preparing for bargaining since at least the spring of 2014. The result of that preparation was the proposed package emailed to you on March 9, 2015 and approved at a NUFA meeting on March 11, 2015.
- NUFA and the Employer began meeting to negotiate/bargain a new Collective Agreement on March 19, 2015.
- The FASBU Collective Agreement in force from 2012-2015 expired on April 30, 2015. NUFA-FASBU has been without a contract since that date.
- NUFA has scheduled 12:01am Monday, November 2nd, as a strike deadline for its FASBU Members. As always, NUFA is hoping to reach a settlement before that time.
- Ultimately, it is the purview of the NUFA Executive to formally call any strike to begin.
- NUFA and the Employer are scheduled to negotiate on the afternoon of Friday, October 30th and all day Saturday, October 31st.
- Should there be the possibility of a breakthrough, NUFA is willing to continue negotiations of Sunday, November 1st.
- If the Employer is willing to meet and negotiate, the NUFA’s Collective Bargaining team will make itself available.
- Ultimately, we have to get an agreement in order to return to work.
- We’re fighting for better job security for Members including tenure-track jobs and terms and conditions for Limited Term Appointments (LTAs).
- We’re fighting to protect our right to decide what programs are going to look like. In other words, we want a fair say in governing the university.
- We’re fighting for fairer pay. Nipissing faculty are the lowest paid faculty in the province.
In the case of a strike
- It is the University’s purview to decide what classes are open and what classes are canceled. Consult the University website for further information.
- Be prepared for changing information as events evolve.
- If you are planning to attend classes, whether in person or online, you will be crossing a physical or virtual picket line.
- The question of have to is another matter. No one can make a student cross a picket line if they do not wish to. It is important to note that the Academic Senate of Nipissing University passed a motion on March 15, 2015 to offer amnesty to all students who conscientiously object to crossing the picket line
No. It means that for the duration of the strike students cannot be penalized for missing classes or failing to submit assignments. However, it is also important to note that you may be expected to fulfill course obligations, in whole or in part, after the strike is concluded as may prescribed by course instructors and the regulations of the University.
As Nipissing University is responsible for fulfilling its obligations to students, this is not a question that can be answered by NUFA. We recommend that you submit your inquiry to your respective Dean’s office, and/or the Vice President, Academic (Harley D’Entremont firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Be informed. Learn the issues, learn the facts.
- Tweet and Facebook messages of support; Twitter: @nufaoffice, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nufacultyassociation
- Wear buttons of support;
- Honk, wave, or offer a thumbs up as you enter the university;
- Accept strike pamphlets when offered;
- Join your professors on the picket line whenever possible